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Old 05-25-10, 07:05 PM   #1
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White Saddle

Any tips on keeping an white saddle white? The dye from my pants is changing it colors!
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Old 05-25-10, 07:06 PM   #2
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Any tips on keeping an white saddle white? The dye from my pants is changing it colors!
use different pants.
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Old 05-25-10, 07:07 PM   #3
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Where white pants?

Ride naked?

Bleach?
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Old 05-25-10, 07:08 PM   #4
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Never sit on the saddle. Always ride as if you are climbing
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Old 05-25-10, 07:23 PM   #6
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You could just wipe it off with bleach after everytime you ride or get a darker saddle or wear white pants when you ride.
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Old 05-25-10, 07:24 PM   #7
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Leave it stained, it adds hipster points because it shows you actually ride your bike and dont give a damn about money.
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Old 05-25-10, 08:10 PM   #9
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Old 05-25-10, 08:14 PM   #10
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Color it black.... I heard sharpie does a nice job.
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Old 05-25-10, 08:17 PM   #11
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sitting is for quitters
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Old 05-25-10, 09:03 PM   #13
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I agree on the mr clean magic eraser. I use one to keep my white tires clean.
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Coat the saddle in crisco and then cover it in saran wrap.
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Ride naked?
He said white not brown
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These work wonders, use them.
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^ those. works great
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they are a micro abrasive. on a wear item like tires, i wouldn't worry about it.

i wouldn't be about to go using those with frequency on a nice part like a saddle unless i wanted the saddle to get worse and worse with time. obviously, it depends on whether the saddle is leather, vinyl, or a different synthetic. for something absorbent like leather, i'd sooner use bleach than magic erasers.
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I'd worry about gradual deterioration by using bleach on nice leather but I suppose if you diluted it enough, it wouldn't be a problem. I am thinking about getting a white saddle myself and wonder about keeping it nice. I would guess that precipitation (or more likely, perspiration) would be at the root of the problem but choosing a non-bleeding fabric should also be a priority.

Haven't tried the magic erasers but do notice that they easily take paint off walls, proof of their fairly aggressive abrasive qualities. I might have to try one on my tires though.
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Old 05-27-10, 09:25 PM   #20
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i hear ya, mine is a nice light blue from commuting now. I haven't tried to take it off yet, as i figure it'll just get back on there (why make the bed either? j/k)

If you find something that works, post it because i would like a nice and clean saddle every once and a while
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Old 05-27-10, 09:29 PM   #21
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IMO saddles are like jeans or chuck taylors, they look better used.

I keep my bikes really clean, but i don't worry about the saddle
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There's a reason bike saddles are traditionally dark colors. Think about it.
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